1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor Celebrates His 101st Birthday, Calls For Justice: “When Will It Be Done?”
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1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor Celebrates His 101st Birthday, Calls For Justice: “When Will It Be Done?”

  • Tulsa Race Massacre survivor, Hughes Van Ellis, celebrated attaining 101 years old on Wednesday, January 11
  • In a message to mark the historic moment in his life, he called for justice as he asked when will it be done.
  • Last year, Ellis and his sister Viola Ford Fletcher, then aged 100, visited Ghana in the accompany of their grandchildren

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Tulsa Race Massacre survivor, Hughes Van Ellis, also known as ''Uncle Redd'', marked a major milestone as he clocked 101 years old on Wednesday, January 11.

It's been more than 90 years since Ellis and his sister Viola Ford Fletcher had their lawsuit heard in court, and still no answer from the judge.

Hughes Van Ellis' pending lawsuit

''As I celebrate my 101st birthday, I am still waiting on justice! At the age of 101, when will justice be done? The judge needs to move our case forward,'' Ellis said, according to Fox News.

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Tulsa Race Massacre survivor turns 101 years old.
Tulsa Race Massacre survivor Hughes Van Ellis. Photo credit: @ChrisKPolansky/Fox23.com.
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Ellis and Fletcher arrived in Ghana in 2021

Last year, the surviving siblings of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Ellis and Fletcher, aged 100, visited Ghana. The two survived the 1921 racist massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It was the first time the siblings stepped on African soil, and it was for a tour of Ghana. The visit was part of a ''homecoming'' campaign organised by the social media platform Our Black Truth.

Ellis and Fletcher arrived in Ghana in the accompany of their grandchildren for a week-long trip following a campaign to attract people of African heritage living abroad ''back home''.

“Year of Return” initiative attracting African-Americans to Ghana

The Ghana government launched the “Year of Return” initiative in 2019 to urge African-Americans and Africans in the diaspora to return ‘home’ and connect with their roots. That year also marked the 400th anniversary of the first ship from Africa hitting the shores of the Americas, precisely Virginia.

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Dave Chappelle in Ghana: US Comedian Meets Akufo-Addo in Jubilee House

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that African-American comedian Dave Chappelle, born David Khari Webber Chappelle, paid a visit to the Jubilee House to meet with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The renowned entertainer arrived in Ghana on Tuesday ahead of the much-anticipated Black Star Line Festival.

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